Allister became Senior Independent Director of Exova upon the company's IPO in April 2014. On 1 January 2016, Allister replaced Fred Kindle as Non-Executive Chairman.
He was Chairman of John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”) from November 2012 until May 2014. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Wood Group (from 2007) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (from 1999). Allister served as Group Finance Director of Wood Group from 1991 to 2000. Prior to joining Wood Group, he was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).
Allister is the Non-Executive Chairman of Maven Income & Growth VCT 5 plc. He is also a Non-Executive Director of WS Atkins plc, Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust plc and a number of private companies. He has an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.
Ian sits on the Exova group board and, as CEO, is responsible for leading all of the Group’s operations across the world. These responsibilities include setting the strategic direction of the business, driving performance against plans, and leading the Group’s Executive Committee.
Ian joined Exova in early 2011 from Compass Group plc, where he was Group Managing Director, UK & Ireland and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. Whilst at Compass, Ian led the UK and Ireland business through a period of successful transformation and was responsible for operations with a combined turnover of £1.8 billion and circa 60,000 people.
Prior to Compass Group, Ian’s career included positions with Centrica plc and the global management consultancy Accenture. At Centrica, he held a number of senior growth-orientated roles in British Gas before leading the successful launch, growth and subsequent sale of the Group’s telecommunications division, Onetel.
Ian has a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics and Statistics from University College London and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Hospitality and a qualified RYA Yachtmaster.
Phil Marshall, Chief Financial Officer
Phil joined Exova in September 2015 from Wood Mackenzie, a global leader in commercial intelligence for the energy, metals and mining industries, where he was Chief Financial Officer from April 2014 until June 2015. Phil previously spent 17 years with General Electric Company where he was latterly the President and Chief Executive Officer of the European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Consumer and Industrial Solutions business, having also been Chief Financial Officer of this business from 2005 to 2008. Phil also brings experience of the US market having been the CFO of the Ultrasound and Clinical Systems business and has also spent time in Financial Planning and Analysis and Corporate Finance roles with GE.
Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant.
Fred Kindle, Non-Executive Director
Fred became Non-Executive Chairman of Exova in 2008. On 1 January 2016, Fred stood down as Chairman and is now a Non-Executive Director. Fred is an operating adviser to Clayton, Dubilier and Rice LLP (CD&R) and was previously a partner of CD&R from 2008 to 2015. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of ABB Limited, a leading supplier of electrical and automation equipment, services and systems.
Prior to joining ABB, Fred served from 1999 to 2004 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sulzer Ltd, a global industrial engineering and management company. Previously, Fred worked for McKinsey and Company in New York and Zurich. He is Chairman of VZ Holding AG and a member of the boards of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd and Stadler Rail Ltd.
Fred graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich with a masters degree in engineering. He also holds a MBA from Northwestern University.
Helmut Eschwey, Independent Non-Executive Director
Helmut became an Independent Non-Executive Director of Exova in October 2008. He served until 2008 as Chairman of the management board and Chief Executive Officer of Heraeus Holding GmbH.
Before joining Heraeus, he held senior positions at Henkel, Pirelli, Freudenberg and the SMS group.
He is a Non-Executive Chairman and Board Member in a number of private companies. He holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau.
Christian became a Non-Executive Director of Exova in 2008. He joined CD&R in 2004, where he led the sale of Brakes and the acquisition of the Group and of Spie. Prior to joining CD&R, Christian was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, having previously been a Director at Schroder Ventures (now Permira). He also worked in the London and New York offices of Morgan Stanley’s mergers and acquisitions department.
He holds a BA and PhD in law from the Université de Lausanne, as well as an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Vanda Murray OBE, Independent Non-Executive Director
Vanda became a Non-Executive Director of Exova upon the company's IPO in April 2014. She has over 20 years of senior management experience across a range of industrial, manufacturing and support services sectors in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.
She was the Chief Executive Officer of Blick plc from 2001 to 2004, before becoming President of Europe for Stanley Security Solutions. Vanda was the UK Managing Director and Group Marketing Director at Ultraframe plc from 2004 to 2006.
Vanda is currently a non-executive director of Manchester Airports Holdings Limited and Bunzl plc and is the senior independent director of Fenner PLC. She is also Chair of Governors of Manchester Metropolitan University. Vanda was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to Industry and to Export.
Andrew Simon OBE, Independent Non-Executive Director
Andrew became a Non-Executive Director of Exova in October 2008. He spent the first 23 years of his career at the Evode Group variously as Chief Executive and Chairman and building it from £23 million adhesives and sealants business into a £300 million international materials and speciality chemicals group. Since 1993 he has built a varied career of non-executive directorships in the UK and overseas in both private equity and public companies. He is currently on the board of iCON Infrastructure Partners II, LP and iCON Infrastructure Partners III, LP.
He has a BSc in social sciences from the University of Southampton and has an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bill Spencer, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Bill became a Non-Executive Director of Exova Group plc on 12 March 2014. Bill was a Non-Executive Director of the previous Parent Company of the Group from July 2011 until the IPO. On 1 January 2016, Bill became Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.
Bill began working in the testing inspection and certification industry in 1992, when he joined Inchcape Testing Services as a Financial Controller. He later became the Finance Director of Intertek Testing Services. Following the IPO of Intertek in 2002, he transitioned to the role of Chief Financial Officer of Intertek Group Plc, continuing until 2010. Since then, he has developed a varied non-executive career.
Bill is a Chartered Management Accountant and Corporate Treasurer and has a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester.
Bill is a Non-Executive director and Audit Committee Chairman of UK Mail Group plc. He is also the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Northgate Plc.